Hamden native Julian Gewirtz was given the prestigious honor Sunday. He and the other recipients will be awarded scholarships to study at Oxford University in England.
Gewirtz is a senior history major at Harvard who has won prizes for his poetry and speaks fluent Mandarin. He is publisher of the Harvard Advocate, a columnist for the Harvard Crimson and writes about China-related issues for the Huffington Post.
He attended the private Hopkins School in New Haven.
Gewirtz intends to pursue a degree in modern Chinese studies at Oxford.
The new Rhodes Scholars also include seven Yale University students from out of state.